Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Sep 2012 21:44 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Intel Clover Trail will get Linux and Android support after all. "Intel has plans for another version of this platform directed at Linux/Android; however we are not commenting on the platform specifics or market segments at this time. Stay tuned," Intel told ZDBet.
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"Another version" of this platform...
by Wodenhelm on Thu 20th Sep 2012 05:29 UTC
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Does that mean they still intend to lock out Linux off the main version, to prevent conversion?

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bitwelder Member since:

To me, it sounds like they are throwing a bone at Linux/Android world, but just so Linuxers cannot cry foul.
In the meanwhile, they'll proceed doing bu$ine$$ with Microsoft.

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MOS6510 Member since:

I wonder why, why do they care what OS runs on their CPUs? The more that do the more that Intel sells.

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ricegf Member since:

I don't think that translating "We plan to create a custom version of this product specifically targeting the Linux market" to "We hate Linux" is reasonable.

Creating and marketing a CPU product is too expensive to be a "bone", and the Android phone and tablet market is far too ubiquitous and growing far too fast to treat with disdain. That's where the money is, after all.

It's simply not a Microsoft world anymore.

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lemur2 Member since:

Does that mean they still intend to lock out Linux off the main version, to prevent conversion?

I would have thought it meant that Intel has plans to release another version of the Clover Trail platform with the same CPU but with an Intel GPU rather than a PowerVR GPU. Intel could then provide open source drivers for Linux (and hence Android) for such a variant.

This is just speculation on my part, however.

Edited 2012-09-20 08:07 UTC

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moondevil Member since:

I doubt it.

Intel has yet to support the GMA 500 GPU, which is also PowerVR based.

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vaette Member since:

I'll refer to this post I made:

That is, my guess is that the Windows 8 Clover Trail has some tweaks that Microsoft requested that break the platform specification. My guess is that the "main" Clover Trail variant, which has wide support, reverses and/or modifies these tweaks to make them more general.

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